U.S. Mint Unveils First Coin Featuring A Black Woman

U.S. Mint Unveils First Coin Featuring A Black Woman

Overview

We’re moving on up, y’all. Just like the Prince of Zamunda, we have our own face on some currency … Well, actually someone who looks like us. The U.S. Mint and Treasury has released a commemorative coin that depicts Lady Liberty as a Black woman.

The 24K gold coin, which is first officially minted coin to feature a Black woman on the obverse (heads), commemorates the U.S. Mint’s 225th anniversary.

Lady Liberty wears a crown of stars, her cornrowed hair pulled into a bun, and a toga-like dress. She looks patriotic, determined, and strong.

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The U.S. Mint plans to continue the diversity by representing Lady Liberty in a variety of forms to better represent contemporary America.

“The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin is the first in a series of 24-karat gold coins that will feature designs which depict an allegorical Liberty in a variety of contemporary forms-including designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Indian-Americans among others-to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States,” reads a press release from the U.S. Mint.

The coins feature a bald eagle on the reverse (tails), and are worth $100.

This isn’t the first time a woman has appeared on a U.S. coin. Although the Susan B. Anthony dollar was retired in 2000, it’s still in circulation. The Sacagawea dollar was the second coin to feature a woman, but the first to feature a woman of color.